Brown: 'I Just Felt Comfortable'

Running back Marquan Brown committed to East Carolina about a week ago, and he spoke with Inside ECU Sports about his decision.

Running back Marquan Brown committed to East Carolina about a week ago, and he spoke with Inside ECU Sports about his decision.

The 5-8, 160-pound prospect from Gray's Creek High School in Hope Mills, N.C. rushed for 1,510 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior last fall. He also caught 20 passes for 631 yards en route to All-Cape Fear Valley 3-A Conference and All-Cape Fear Region honors. What Brown lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and athleticism.

"When I committed to East Carolina it was basically about the atmosphere and the surroundings at the school," he said. "I have a good feel for what things are like there, and I just felt comfortable with everything."

Brown has a great ability to change direction and accelerate. He can beat linebackers to the edge and has shown the ability to run between the tackles as well. At the 2007 Shrine Bowl combine Brown turned in a fantastic performance. He recorded a 34.2-inch vertical and ran the pro shuttle in 3.98 seconds. At the combine Brown firmly established himself as one of the fastest prospects in the state, and perhaps the nation, running the 40-yard dash in times ranging from 4.2 to 4.3 seconds.

"I can do a lot of things, but I'm at my best when I'm out in the open field in space. East Carolina is recruiting me to do a lot of things, so I'll make a contribution wherever I can. They've talked to me about playing running back, lining up in the slot and as a return man."

Brown was receiving attention from NC State and North Carolina before committing to the Pirates. NC State offered Brown a scholarship while Chuck Amato was still the head coach, and he had also heard from Florida State, Notre Dame and Virginia. He is East Carolina's second verbal commitment from the Class of 2008.

Coach Junior Smith was responsible for recruiting Brown to ECU.


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